How do I associate applications with KDE Activities? It doesn't seem obvious how it works. Are there any tricks?

  • A bit more clarity would help. What is a KDE activity? – Tshepang Jan 29 '11 at 2:19
  • @Tshepang, that doesn't require clarity, it requires knowledge of kde4. here you go simply know something about why kde4 isnt' kde3 and you probably have run into activities. intoxicat[ed|ing] replies ftw! – xenoterracide Jan 29 '11 at 9:05
  • oh... um... try this. it's like this concept that's fleshed out... but isn't yet intuitive, and yet you're trying to use it intuitively – xenoterracide Jan 29 '11 at 9:12

Ok first you want to open your activities (SUPER ( Windows )+Q) unlock widgets, and create at least one other activity. Make sure that more than one of the activities are not stopped (e.g. red X).

*(note: Remember the activity that is highlighted is the currently active one, and according to aseigo only one can be active at a time, though I haven't found this to be exactly true.)

kde activities, with 2 activities enabled

Now right click on the title bar of the window you want to associate with an activity. Go to Activities, and select the activity you want it to be associated with. Please note this dialog is only present if the there are other activites in "not stopped state:" if you stop all but one it won't show the activities dialog. Stopped activities are not shown in this dialog.

right click menu bar activities dialog with all activities selected

note: only works in 4.6 (or later? activities have changed much over kde 4's lifetime, I actually don't know if they'll work this way in 4.7, I honestly hope they don't, this is not intuitive)

  • Aha, I misread your question. I thought that you want to associate the application permanently, not just move a window into another activity. – Let_Me_Be Feb 7 '11 at 11:37
  • What I don't understand is when it actually starts that application if you, say, logout and start the activity again. Sometimes it starts some applications, like gwenview for photos, but KDE won't start Sublime Text in my programming activity. – Ken Kinder Aug 9 '12 at 18:07

In my version 5.36.0 I see two ways to do this:

  • The context menu of the application shortcut (in the example it is on the desktop) allows you to choose the initial activity. Shortcut Context menu
  • With the context menu hidden under the application icon. In the "Special application settings" you can set the application to remember the activity Application Window Icon context menuSpecial Application Settings

It doesn't seem to be possible yet.

If it will appear it should appear in the window/application configuration (from the advanced section in the window context menu).

Activities are still a very fresh feature.

  • actually it is, but I had to get talked through it by aseigo ... and even then it wasn't straight forward. I'll write my own answer later. – xenoterracide Feb 2 '11 at 0:51
  • @xenoterracide I would like to know too, where is your answer? – Juliano Feb 3 '11 at 1:26
  • @juliano with my internet and tuits. power went out yesterday and my internet still hasn't been back up at home, at work atm, and it does't work in kde-4.5. hopefully I can write it this weekend. – xenoterracide Feb 3 '11 at 10:42
  • @julian ok, my internet finally came back up an I was able to post an answer with screenshots. – xenoterracide Feb 6 '11 at 21:09

In order to really associate (and not just move) an application with an activity, use you can click on the window title bar and select More Actions -> Special Application Settings. This will open up a dialog with the tab "Size & Position". There will be a check box "Activity" with options to restrict the window to an activity.

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